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Anna Manourova

Anna Manourova
Coordinator of PlantLink and PhD candidate with theoretical knowledge and practical experience in agriculture and ecology in tropical regions. Academic background in the field of agroforestry and ethnobotany, with a focus on indigenous tree species domestication and the role of neglected/underutilized plants in the human diet. Always willing to learn and explore the unknown!


I am a student of Tropical Agrobiology and Bioresource Management at the Faculty Of TropicalAgriSciences, Czech University of Life Science, Prague, and a member of the development-aid projects expert group at Mendel University in Brno.  My interest is embedded in tropical agriculture, plant research, and the development of third-world countries. Having experiences in scientific as well as development-aid projects in Cameroon, Ethiopia, and Zambia, I am searching for an answer to how to combine these two approaches efficiently so that they complement each other rather than discriminate. My position at SLU is bound to PlantLink, a research network in the area of plant and food sciences in the south of Sweden.


Selected projects:

Developing practical teaching and supporting research at Arba Minch University in Ethiopia; donor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Czech Republic; implementation period: 2022; responsibilities: project coordination

Implementation of Project-Based Learning among master’s degree students in selected ELLS Universities (iPBL-EU); donor: Euro League for Life Sciences; implementation period: 2022; responsibilities: project preparation and management, implementation of PBL study cases

Implementation of fruit value chain for improved nutrition and efficient production in Arba Minch Zuria, Gamo Gofa, SNNPR, Ethiopia; donor: Czech Development Agency; implementation period: 2020-23; responsibilities: help in project coordination, expertise in fruit production and diversification

Protection of Awassa Lake through sustainable management of the surrounding landscape; donor: Czech Development Agency; implementation period: 2019-22; responsibilities: help in project management, expertise in agroforestry 

Agribusiness for LIFE – Livelihoods, Innovation, Food & Empowerment; donor: Czech Development Agency; implementation period: 2018-21; responsibilities: expertise in crop diversification, research on underutilized plant species 

Mechanisms of soil organic matter turnover in the Congo Basin along the land-use gradient; donor: Czech Science Foundation; implementation period: 2018-20; responsibilities: biodiversity evaluation, field experiments, on-site coordination 

Strengthening of teaching, research and networking capacities at the University of Barotseland in Mongu for agricultural development of West Province, Zambia; donor: Czech Development Agency; implementation period: 2019; responsibilities: lecturing courses on agroforestry and sustainable agriculture practices


Research fellowship at World Agroforestry (CIFOR-ICRAF) in Cameroon

Arba Minch University in SNNPR, Ethiopia

Adama Science and Technology University, Oromia, Ethiopia

Selected publications

Manourova A, Polesny Z, Lojka B. Degrande A, et al. 2022. Tracing the Tradition: Regional Differences in the Cultivation, Utilization and Commercialization of Bitter kola (Garcinia kola Heckel, Clusiaceae) in Cameroon. Economic Botany. accepted for publication

Teutscherova N, Manourova A, Lojka B, Tejnecky V, et al. 2022. Effect of farming on the vegetation structure, soil properties and termite assemblages in the Northern Congo basin. Land Degradation and Development. DOI: 10.1002/ldr.4294

Kyereh D, Manourova A, Hendre PS, Muchugi A, et al. 2021. Diversity, Chemical Composition, and Domestication Potential of Allanblackia parviflora A. Chev. in West Africa. Forests, 12(12), 1758. 

Frankova A, Manourova A, Kotikova Z, Vejvodova K, et al. 2021. The chemical composition of oils and cakes of Ochna serrulata (Ochnaceae) and other neglected traditional oil trees from western Zambia. Molecules, 1318119

Manourova A, Leuner O, Tchoundjeu Z, Van Damme P, et al. 2019. Medicinal Potential, Utilization and Domestication Status of Bitter Kola (Garcinia kola Heckel) in West and Central Africa, Forests 10: 124



Coordinator at the Department of Plant Protection Biology
Postal address:
Växtskyddsbiologi, Box 190
234 22 LOMMA
Visiting address: Sundsvägen 16, Alnarp